Since it is now November, we can officially talk about the Heisman Trophy race based on real numbers compiled this season, not the nonsense of projecting favorites before a down is played.
With just one full week of the regular season remaining, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the overwhelming front-runner based on what he has done on the field. If you want to talk about other issues, including a continuing series of childish behavior, well that’s another matter.
After Mayfield there are an assortment of contenders, ranging from Stanford running back Bryce Love (who wasn’t even mentioned in most pre-season Heisman lists), Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett and Arizona QB Kahlil Tate.
Oh, yes, also on the list, down with the also rans was Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, who just happens to be the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner.
Here’s what puzzles us. Jackson began the season as an 8-1 favorite and only trailed USC QB Sam Darnold, who was the pre-season favorite at 5-1, but has faded to a 100-1 long shot. Jackson, who will conclude his regular season on Saturday against Kentucky, is now a 40-1 back-in-the-pack choice and probably won’t even make it to New York for the ceremonies next month.
Let’s look at some numbers. A year ago, after 11 games, Jackson had thrown 28 TD passes for 3,262 yards and rushed for 1400 yards while scoring 19 TDs The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.